01:10am Lusaka, (Monday, 9th March 2015)
His Excellency Mr. Edgar Chagwa Lungu, President of the Republic of Zambia fell ill yesterday while officiating at the Women’s Day celebrations. At Heroes Stadium, the presumptive diagnosis revealed traces of malaria and low blood sugar level.
During his observation and treatment the low sugar level was corrected and the President was able to address the parade on the podium at Heroes Stadium.The President was later taken to Maina Soko Military Hospital for medical tests and observation. Medical tests carried so far ruled out full malaria infection.
The Nation may wish to know that President Lungu has a history of the narrowing of the food pipe (medically known as achalasia), which was corrected 30 years ago at the University Teaching Hospital (UTH).
The tests have revealed that this condition may have recurred and could have led to the low sugar condition the President experienced during the Women’s Day event.
A team of senior doctors comprising physicians,surgeons, pathologists, and radiologists, reviewed these findings and recommended immediate correction of this condition.
The President is in good condition and the nation shall be informed on further developments.
I will return to issue a second Medical Bulletin at 10:30 am Zambian time on Monday, March 9,2015, at State House in the Briefing Room.
This statement has been authorized by Dr. Dorothy Kasonde and Dr. Dave Kishore on behalf the doctors attending to President Lungu.
SPECIAL ASSISTANT TO THE PRESIDENT
(PRESS & PUBLIC RELATIONS)